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Yamaha R-Series - 10th Anniversary


By: Gary Gas | Published 15 March 2008, 23:52 | Views: 6,110 | tags: events, yamaha, yzf-r1, yzf-r6, yzf-r125, infinity motorcycles
This year Yamaha celebrates ten years of the R-Series – that’s a decade of supersport quality. When they unleashed the very first YZF-R1 in 1998 the bike didn’t just rewrite the rules for supersport performance, it tore them up and wrote its own.
Since then the YZF-R1 and the YZF-R6 have kept evolving, always using the latest track tech in an attempt to stay ahead of the pack. The latest R1 and R6 are the very essence of Yamaha supersport performance – they aren’t just about big numbers, they are about the big rush you get every time you slingshot out of a turn, revelling in the vivid feedback from engine and chassis.

Taken from Yamaha, they desribe the R1 as: 

Yamaha YZF-R1 - State-of-the Art Race Technology

The YZF-R1 is a legend of the supersport world, an acclaimed one-litre performer that’s become a motorcycling icon, an all powerful World Superbike race-winning machine that’s also a monument to the power of beauty. The R1’s performance is electrifying and yet what makes this motorcycle truly remarkable is its superbly rider-friendly character. Yamaha’s avant-garde, race-bred technology puts you confidently in control, ready to challenge your own limits, so that every ride is always more exciting than the last. The Yamaha YZF-R1 – it’s the soul of superbike performance.

The numbers are impressive – 180PS (without direct air induction) and 177kg – but not nearly as impressive as the riding experience itself. Yamaha created the R1 as a tool to be used by you, the rider, which is why they used input from riders who know what they’re talking about, like Valentino Rossi. Because when Yamaha apply their Art of Engineering concept to supersport design putting the rider’s feelings above everything else. That’s the beauty of digital technology like YCC-T and YCC-I – it delivers amazing sensitivity and responsiveness to give you the confidence to take your riding skills to the next level. R1 – prepare for adrenaline overload.

Yamaha YZF-R6 - Catch The Extreme

This R6 is packed with tech from Yamaha's world championship race programmes to take your riding excitement to the extreme. The R6 enhances man-machine connection, giving you the confidence to exploit your skills. You get track-developed electronics: YCC-T chip-controlled throttle for ultimate acceleration and YCC-I electronically controlled variable intake funnels for bigger power and torque. Plus a race-developed chassis spec for razor-sharp handling.

Born on the racetrack, this latest YZF-R6 is packed with track tech from our world championship race programmes to take your riding excitement to the extreme. The priority is always to enhance man machine connection, so you’ve got the confidence to really exploit your skills, road or track. You get track-developed electronics: YCC-T Chip-Controlled Throttle for ultimate acceleration out of every turn and YCC-I electronically controlled variable intake funnels for bigger power and torque curves. Plus a fine-tuned, race-developed chassis spec (now with magnesium rear frame for even better mass centralisation) for razor-sharp, ultra-responsive handling. The R6 is ready to grab you – mind, body and soul.

There is one rule that really matters in good design – form follows function – if you design a machine to do its job brilliantly it will be intrinsically beautiful. Behold the new YZF-R6 – a fast-moving testament to Yamaha’s Art of Engineering concept. The R6’s aggressive, mass forward ody shape has been accentuated for 2008, with an even more slippery front cowling with air intake, plus winglets and a super-slim tail cowling. The idea is simple – to further improve the R6’s air management, minimising aerodynamic drag and maximising engine cooling for an all-round performance boost. That’s the new R6, going beyond the extreme.

If you’ve ever ridden a racing motorcycle you’ll know that a race bike goes for the apex the instant you think about aiming for the apex. That’s the kind of response Yamaha have engineered into the new R6 – a motorcycle with such lightning reactions that it seems like it’s hot-wired to your brain. But the R6’s awesome cornering performance isn’t just a chassis thing – it’s the fusion of Deltabox frame, slipper clutch and cutting-edge electronics that turns every corner into an electrifying rush.

Yamaha YZF-R125 - Inspired by Genius

It’s time to get on the road, time to grab the maximum fun out of life with the Yamaha YZF-R125. This radical, high-revving, fuel-injected 125 is the work of the same engineers who created our YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 supersport legends and is packed with MotoGP tech. The YZF-R125 is here to deliver stunning R-Series styling and exhilarating sports performance because life is a sport, to be enjoyed to the max.

We would like to thank Infininity Motorcycle Clapham for allowing us to attend the R-Series celebration event.

Related Links

Yamaha R-Series Website
Infinity Motorcycles

 

Technical Specifications

Yamaha YZF-R1 Technical Specification (Claimed)

Features

  • State-of-the art race technology
  • 180 PS @ 12.500 rpm
  • Yamaha Chip Controlled – Throttle & Intake
  • 6-pot front callipers with 310mm discs
  • Slipper clutch

Engine

  • Engine type - Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, forward inclined, parallel 4-cylinder
  • Displacement - 998 cc
  • Bore x stroke - 77.0 x 53.6 mm
  • Compression ratio - 12.7:1
  • Maximum power - without induction : 132.4 kW (180 PS) @ 12,500 rpm / with induction : 139.0 kW (189 PS) @ 12,500 rpm
  • Maximum torque - without induction : 112.7 Nm (11.5 kg-m) @ 10,000 rpm / with induction : 118.3 Nm (12.1 kg-m) @ 10,000 rpm
  • Lubrication system - Wet sump
  • Fuel System - Fuel injection
  • Clutch type - Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
  • Ignition system - TCI
  • Starter system - Electric
  • Transmission system - Constant mesh, 6-speed
  • Final transmission - Chain
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18 L (3.4 L)
  • Oil tank capacity - 3.83 L

Chassis

  • Chassis - Aluminium die-cast Deltabox
  • Front suspension system - Telescopic forks, Ø 43 mm
  • Front travel - 120 mm
  • Rear suspension system - Swingarm
  • Rear travel - 130 mm
  • Front brake - Dual discs, Ø 310 mm
  • Rear brake - Single disc, Ø 220 mm
  • Front tyre - 120/70 ZR17MC (58W)
  • Rear tyre - 190/50 ZR17MC (73W)

Dimensions

  • Length - 2,060 mm
  • Width - 720 mm
  • Height - 1,110 mm
  • Seat height - 835 mm
  • Wheel base - 1,415 mm
  • Minimum ground clearance - 135 mm
  • Dry weight - 177 kg

 

Yamaha YZF-R6 Technical Specification

Features

  • Catch the extreme
  • 129 PS @ 14,500 rpm
  • Yamaha Chip Controlled - Throttle & Intake
  • Slipper clutch
  • Upside-down forks

Engine

  • Engine type - Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, forward inclined, parallel 4-cylinder, 16-valves, D0HC
  • Displacement - 599 cc
  • Bore x stroke - 67.0 x 42.5 mm
  • Compression ratio - 13.1:1
  • Maximum power - With direct air induction: 99.6 kW (135 PS) @ 14,500 rpm / Without direct air induction: 94.9 kW (129 PS) @ 14,500 rpm
  • Maximum torque - With direct air induction: 69.1 Nm (7.05 kg-m) @ 11,000 rpm / Without direct air induction: 65.8 Nm (6.71 kg-m) @ 11,000 rpm
  • Lubrication system - Wet sump
  • Fuel System - Fuel injection
  • Clutch type - Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
  • Ignition system - TCI
  • Starter system - Electric
  • Transmission system - Constant mesh, 6-speed
  • Final transmission - Chain
  • Fuel tank capacity - 17.3 L
  • Oil tank capacity - 3.4 L

Chassis

  • Chassis - Aluminium die-cast Deltabox
  • Front suspension system - Telescopic forks
  • Front travel - 115 mm
  • Rear suspension system - Swingarm (link suspension)
  • Rear travel - 120 mm
  • Front brake - Dual discs, Ø 310 mm
  • Rear brake - Single disc, Ø 210 mm
  • Front tyre - 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
  • Rear tyre - 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)

Dimensions

  • Length - 2,040 mm
  • Width - 705 mm
  • Height - 1,100 mm
  • Seat height - 850 mm
  • Wheel base - 1,380 mm
  • Minimum ground clearance - 130 mm
  • Dry weight - 166 kg

Yamaha YZF-R125 Technical Specification

Features

  • Inspired by genius
  • R-series engine and chassis technology
  • 6-speed gearbox
  • Aluminium swinging arm
  • Midship muffler

Engine

  • Engine type - Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, single cylinder, SOHC
  • Displacement - 124.66 cc
  • Bore x stroke - 52.0 x 58.6 mm
  • Compression ratio - 11.2:1
  • Maximum power - 11.0 kW (15 PS) @ 9,000 rpm
  • Maximum torque - 12.24 Nm (1,25 kg-m) @ 8,000 rpm
  • Lubrication system - Wet sump
  • Carburettor - Fuel injection
  • Clutch type - Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
  • Ignition system - TCI
  • Starter system - Electric
  • Transmission system - Constant mesh, 6-speed
  • Final transmission - Chain
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.8 L
  • Oil tank capacity - 1.15 L

Chassis

  • Chassis - Steel Deltabox
  • Front suspension system - Telescopic forks
  • Front travel - 130 mm
  • Rear suspension system - Swingarm (monocross)
  • Rear travel - 125 mm
  • Front brake - Single disc, Ø 292 mm
  • Rear brake - Single disc, Ø 230 mm
  • Front tyre - 100/80-17 M/C
  • Rear tyre - 130/70-17 M/C

Dimensions

  • Length (mm) - 2,015 mm
  • Width (mm) - 660 mm
  • Height (mm) - 970 mm
  • Seat height (mm) - 818 mm
  • Wheel base (mm) - 1,355 mm
  • Minimum ground clearance (mm) - 155 mm
  • Dry weight (kg) - 126.5 kg
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